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Energoatom explains terms of insurance coverage for possible nuclear incident at Zaporizhzhia NPP

Tuesday, 11 July 2023, 12:46

The insurance contract concluded by State Enterprise National Nuclear Energy Generating Company Energoatom (SE NNEGC Energoatom) for damage caused by a nuclear incident at Ukrainian nuclear power plants provides for deferred conditions for the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), since the Ukrainian operator does not control it.

Source: press service of SE NNEGC "Energoatom".

The company recalled that in June, it signed an insurance contract for more than UAH5 billion [about US$133.8 million – ed.] for damage caused by a nuclear incident at all four nuclear power plants in Ukraine.


In particular, it notes that insurance coverage for Zaporizhzhia NPP is provided with a deferred condition after the plant is released from Russian control, since it is not currently controlled by Ukraine and its only legitimate operator – Energoatom.

"Energoatom does not control the actions of Russians and does not manage reactor installations in accordance with the requirements of Ukrainian nuclear legislation, and therefore cannot be responsible for all nuclear risks that may arise at the occupied ZNPP," the company stressed.

For all other domestic nuclear power plants operating in the territory controlled by Ukraine, insurance for Nuclear Damage that may be caused due to a nuclear incident is fully valid. 

"Similar exceptions to the military causes of nuclear incidents were also in effect in previous insurance agreements of Energoatom and are standard international practice," Energoatom noted.

The company stressed that it complies with all national and international legislation requirements regarding civil liability insurance for Nuclear Damage caused. It also does everything possible to prevent the occurrence of an insured event in the context of Russia's war against Ukraine and the Russians' seizure of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.

The company emphasises that cases of Nuclear Damage caused as a result of a nuclear incident caused, in particular, by military operations, armed conflicts, civil war, uprisings, political or civil unrest, strikes, or terrorist acts are not subject to mandatory compensation in accordance with the current legislation.


Earlier, we wrote that the SE NNEGC Energoatom, at the end of June, signed an insurance contract with Private Joint Stock Company Persha (First) Insurance Company for more than UAH5 billion [about US$133.8 million – ed.] for possible damage caused by nuclear incident at all four nuclear power plants in Ukraine, but the insurance coverage will take effect only after the liberation of ZNPP from Russians.

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